Two Days in Ljubljana

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September 17th 2014
Published: September 17th 2014
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Smooth overnight air travel allowed for a bit of sleep, and we arrived in Ljubljana early afternoon on Monday. We had no trouble at all finding an ATM and a shuttle to the City Center hotel in Old Town. A short 30-minute ride, we checked into a comfortable room and crashed for a good 3-hour afternoon nap, highly recommended by grandson William. 😊 In 50 BC, the Romans built a military encampment on the site named Emona. The name became ‘Ljubljana’ and was first used in the year 14 A.D. (when Jesus was a teenager), and the city is celebrating its 2000thanniversary. In 452, it was destroyed by Attila the Hun and subsequently dominated by the Franks and suffered frequent Magyar raids. By 1524, wooden buildings became forbidden for obvious reasons, and 10%!o(MISSING)f its buildings were destroyed in a massive earthquake in 1895.

Ljubljana is the Slovenia capital and has a strong Alpine/Austrian architectural flavor. The name means ‘beloved’ in the Slovenian language or ‘flooded’ in the German language – both appropriate. It’s located on the trade route between the Adriatic Sea and the Danube region. With 250,000+ residents, it is quite a beautiful, clean, safe and vibrant city and the cultural, educational, governmental and political center of Slovenia since 1991 (independence from Communist Yugoslavia). Rich history, delicious food, the best Straciatella gelato in Europe, and friendly people made for two days of fun.

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